City guide: Milton Keynes

Jenessa Williams

Why should you visit Milton Keynes? Unlimited reasons, but we've started you off a few here

Milton Keynes is known for its significant contribution to history both in terms of environmental evidence that dates back to the Bronze age, and in more recent history, the scientific influence of Bletchley Park and Colossus. It’s not all ancient history though—take the short trip out of London to discover Milton Keynes for yourself. 

 

Stay

Set in more than 30 acres of pastureland, it’s hard to believe that the Old Stables Guesthouse is only a ten-minute drive away from the busy city centre. 

An intimate nine rooms large, you’re guaranteed peace and quiet within the homely-decorated rooms, with an independent entrance for you to come and go as you please. 

Should you prefer to be right in the thick of it, the Central MK offer a very modern and hip alternative, with balconies that look right across the city. 

See also: South LodgeDe Vere Horwood Estate

 

Culture

Once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, Bletchley Park is now open to the public, allowing us all to learn more about all the inspirational work that occurred there in the bid to win the war. 

All standard admission tickets are valid for unlimited free returns for a year from the date of your first visit, with an adult ticket priced at just £18.50. 

Once inside, you can try your own hand at some of the types of code using during World War II, as well as various seasonal events such as afternoon tea, veteran talks and author workshops. 

See also: MK GalleryThe Cowper & Newton Museum

 

Shop

Shopping doesn’t come much more convenient than Centre:MK. With shops open until 8pm and restaurants 11pm, you can easily spend a full day here. 

Choose from a huge array of familiar high street stores, or visit the regular market in Queens Court, chockfull of local independents and delicious street food. 

If you prefer things a little less hectic, Swan Cottage Flower Farm is a beautiful day out even if you do leave empty handed. Book into one of their wide range of Gardening, Flower Farming or Arranging Classes to learn a new skill— applications are now open for January-April 2019. 

 

Eat

Fresh from a recent refurbishment, The Cross Keys is one of Milton Keynes’ most inviting pub restaurants. 

Featuring as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, their Sunday menu is a particular treat, with plenty of choices of meats and veggie options on their roast, or a small plate of poached pear, oven baked camembert and ham hock terrine. 

If you fancy something more middle-eastern, Capadocia regularly ranks at Milton Keynes premier Turkish restaurant. Portion sizes are plentiful, perfect for sharing at either an intimate dinner or large family celebration. 

See also: Banana TreeNamji

 

Get Active

Show off your adventurous size at Milton Keynes’ Xscape. Experience a wintery simulation at Snozone, where you can learn to ski or snowboard no matter your age, ability or skill level. 

Warm back up after at the Alpine Kitchen with views across the slopes.

For families with small children, a trip to Gulliver’s Land adventure park is a must. With over 70 rides and attractions, the park was designed with children aged 2-13 in mind, with free parking and budget-friendly family tickets available. 

See also: Big Rock HubCaldecotte Lake